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Authorities investigating aggravated robbery at North Austin fireworks stand

The incident occurred at the Big Tex Fireworks stand on West Howard Lane just before midnight.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated robbery incident at Big Tex Fireworks in North Austin on July 4.

According to an affidavit obtained by KVUE, in a call to police at 11:55 p.m., a man reported that two suspects robbed him and shot at him. He also said he shot one of the suspects, who crawled away.

The incident began when a firework stand employee ran into the two suspects while heading toward a bathroom located in an RV, the affidavit said. One of the suspects pressed his pistol into the employee's chest and asked, "Where's the money?"

The affidavit states that one suspect had a pistol and the other had a rifle.

The employee began yelling, and one of his co-workers followed the sound and drew his concealed pistol. The second employee reportedly saw a suspect aiming "an AR-15 style rifle" at the first employee and then at him when he turned the corner, the affidavit said.

The pistol-armed employee then began firing at the suspect until he "fell to the ground and dropped his rifle," which the employee picked up and found had jammed.

The suspect crawled away, and deputies found a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his legs and buttocks hiding behind a fence a short distance from the firework stand. The wounds were not life-threatening, and the suspect was taken to St. David's Round Rock Medical Center.

At the hospital, a Austin Police Department detective met with the suspect, who said "he was at the fireworks stand with his 'cool' gun to buy fireworks," the affidavit said.

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